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April 14, 2014
12:26 EDTNQ, WBMD, AHL, C, MDT, GDP, FB, EW, ENH, TWTROn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were higher at midday after a bigger than expected increase in retail sales, along with better than expected headline profits at Citigroup (C), lent some confidence to buyers at the start of a holiday-shortened week of trading. The retail data, which showed sales notched their largest gain in 1.5 years in March, added to a recent string of better than expected domestic economic reports. However, today's data was followed by an upward move in the major averages, which had not been the case in some recent trading sessions. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., retail sales climbed 1.1% in March, beating expectations for an increase of 0.8%. Retail sales excluding autos rose 0.7%, which also beat estimates. Business inventories grew 0.4% in February, versus the consensus forecast for a 0.5% gain. In Europe, the EU's statistics agency said industrial production across the 18 countries that share the euro rose by 0.2% in February from the prior month and by 1.7% from the same month of the prior year. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Citigroup advanced more than 4% after the company's first quarter earnings, excluding one-time items and accounting adjustments, of $1.30 per share easily beat the consensus $1.14 per share forecast. CEO Michael Corbat said the company delivered strong results despite a quarter "that was difficult," noting that the bank reduced its deferred tax assets more than any other quarter since the crisis and drove Citi Holdings closer to break even. Prior to today's good news, the bank had been in focus for a number of negative headlines during the quarter, including its disclosure of fraud in its Mexican unit and the Federal Reserve objecting to its capital return plans... Twitter (TWTR) shares rose over 3% after the company disclosed that its co-founders, Jack Dorsey and Evan Williams, and its CEO, Richard Costolo, have informed the company that they have no current plans to sell any of their shares as a lockup of the stock approaches on May 5. Social network peer Facebook (FB) also gained more than 1.5% after news reports from Europe said the company is close to obtaining Irish regulatory approval to provide financial services such as electronic payments and exchanges with other members... Aspen Insurance (AHL) remained up 10% near noon despite the company rejecting the takeover offer that its peer in the insurance and reinsurance industry, Endurance Specialty (ENH), made public. Aspen said the "ill-conceived" $47.50 per share buyout offer made by Endurance represents a "strategic mismatch" and carries "significant execution risk." MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Goodrich Petroleum (GDP), which jumped 37% after the company reported strong results for a well it drilled in Louisiana. Also higher was WebMD (WBMD), which advanced 18% after advising it now expects its Q1 revenue to be at the high end of the range the company previously provided and for its adjusted EBITDA to beat the high end of its prior guidance. Among the noteworthy losers was Medtronic (MDT), which dropped 2% after its competitor, Edwards Lifesciences (EW), was granted a preliminary injunction limiting the sale of Medtronic's CoreValve system in the U.S. due to patent infringement. Edwards, which was upgraded at JPMorgan and CRT Capital following the court victory, gained 12%. Also lower again were shares of NQ Mobile (NQ), which slid another 5.8% as its post-earnings weakness continues. Short selling research firm Muddy Waters, which has previously alleged NQ to be a fraud, said the recently reported results indicate that the company's auditor has stepped up its scrutiny of the Chinese company. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was up 131.17, or 0.82%, to 16,157.92, the Nasdaq was up 40.19, or 1.0%, to 4,039.93, and the S&P 500 was up 15.84, or 0.87%, to 1,831.53.
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February 17, 2015
07:19 EDTMDTMedtronic sees Q4 revenue up 4%-6%
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07:18 EDTMDTMedtronic reports Q3 EPS $1.01, consensus 97c
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06:39 EDTCBanks settle claims related to mortgage securities, Reuters says
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04:40 EDTGDPStocks with implied volatility movement; AXP GDP
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February 16, 2015
13:59 EDTMDTMedtronic receives expanded indications of the Vertex Reconstruction System
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12:30 EDTMDTMedtronic announces CE mark, European launch of the Euphora catheter
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February 13, 2015
17:52 EDTCThird Point gives quarterly update on stakes
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17:05 EDTC, FBAppaloosa gives quarterly update on stakes
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06:37 EDTFBFacebook volatility at low end of historic range
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06:32 EDTCSumitomo Mitsui may look to buy Citi's credit card unit in Japan, Nikkei says
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February 12, 2015
16:22 EDTMDTMedtronic says Trellis recall classified as Class 1 by FDA
Medtronic announced that a previously communicated global voluntary recall to address an issue with certain lots of its Trellis-6 and Trellis-8 peripheral infusion systems has now been classified as a Class 1 Recall by the FDA. Customers were previously notified by Covidien of the recall on December 15, 2014. The company said it has not received any reports of patient injuries related to this issue. If a patient has received treatment with a Trellis 6 or Trellis 8 from the impacted lots, no immediate action is required and physicians should continue to monitor patients in accordance with standard of care, it added. The action was in response to a manufacturing error where the proximal and distal balloon inflation ports were labeled incorrectly, resulting in the potential for incorrect sequence of balloon deflation. The recall involves 1,248 units manufactured and distributed by Covidien from January 2014 to November 2014.
16:02 EDTC, TWTROptions Update; February 12, 2015
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15:38 EDTCFed to release results from latest bank stress tests in March
The Federal Reserve Board on Thursday announced that results from the latest supervisory stress tests conducted as part of the Dodd-Frank Act will be released on Thursday, March 5, and the related results from the Comprehensive Capital Analysis and Review, CCAR, will be released on Wednesday, March 11. Results for both exercises will be released at 4:30 p.m. Publicly traded companies in the space include Bank of America (BAC), Citi (C), Goldman Sachs (GS), JPMorgan (JPM), Morgan Stanley (MS), U.S. Bancorp (USB) and Wells Fargo (WFC). Reference Link
14:52 EDTFBRocket Fuel expands programmatic inventory sources, to integrate Facebook API
Rocket Fuel (FUEL) announced an expansion of inventory options and data sources beyond RTB exchanges. Rocket Fuel’s placement-based buying capability is designed to be additive to Rocket Fuel’s real-time bidding, or RTB, platform which accesses inventory across 20 ad exchanges for display, video, and mobile. Closer integration with social and mobile sources, app developers, direct publishers, and addressable TV properties will bring access to expanded inventory, previously unavailable or limited within exchanges, Rocket Fuel said earlier. Rocket Fuel’s first integration will be with the Facebook API (FB) and will be available to clients in March. This integration will bring clients a wider range of ad unit options to expand Rocket Fuel’s social offering, including new support for mobile and video on Facebook, which was previously not available via FBX, Rocket Fuel noted.
13:02 EDTCCiti raises prices, margins for currency trades, Bloomberg says
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11:34 EDTWBMDNeuberger Berman reports 5.53% passive stake in WebMD
10:32 EDTTWTROptions with decreasing implied volatility
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09:36 EDTTWTR, FBActive equity options trading on open
Active equity options trading on open according to Track Data: AAPL TSLA WFM BIDU TWTR GILD FB AMAT EXPE TRIP
06:29 EDTFBFacebook designing own network equipment, WSJ says
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05:56 EDTFBFacebook implied volatility of 25 at lower end of index mean range
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